Thanks to super-curator Lisa Myers, I will be one of three artist’s at the 2012 Nuit Blanche at OCAD in Toronto. Lisa and I have been workshopping the staging of ”Rehearsal for an Endurance Performance of the SCUM Manifesto, a Ukulele Concerto in C Major” into a full blown site-specific installation in the Nora Vaughn Auditorium. The installation will be a combination of video and live performances staged in the auditorium’s rather institutional setting structure. I am going into OCAD and using the studio there to work on the video component next week. I haven’t been on the OCAD campus much since I was a student in the nineties. It may look different from the outside but somethings never change, I was at the AV cage asking for free advice almost immediately!
Lisa described the project in the official Nuit Blanche guide like this:
Night Kitchen Under the Table Top:
Inspired by the children’s storybook written by the late Maurice Sendak, where a boy dreams of surreal, late-night experiences inside a bakery kitchen, Night Kitchen welcomes the audience into OCAD University after dark. Responding to the past and present of this site, these performance and installation projects address the systems at work within the institution. Each artist offers an immersive experience. Their site-specific works are tailored to interior spaces, reflecting on the systems of the institution and its architecture. Three artists? projects become part of the infrastructure to playfully feed audience members through registration, structural procedures and doctrines. Using cooking and digestion as metaphors, Night Kitchen invites a reflection on the processes, hierarchy and identities seemingly inherent in art and educational institutions.